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China, a sporting powerhouse but why not India?
Sports in India, has always been taken as an activity to be pursued in leisure. The status of "A good career option" has never been given to sports in our country. An old saying suggests that very mindset of Indians, which means that you would become a king if you study, while have a bad name, if you play games. It seems a folly when we look at China and its name in the entire world, in the field of not only economy and skilled workforce, but also in the field of Sports.

Young children are forged into excelling in academics and competing into this field only, and sports and physical activities have always been ignored to be taken as a matter of pride in India. On the contrary, China has been developing in the field of games and sports, taking its young generation along inculcating an interest towards sports and imparting proper training to these children of very young age, in whichever game they are interested. China has also been taking care of training and facilities to the sportsmen and women, who have been bringing it name in the world's top countries in the field of sports. And the impact of this, we have seen in various international sports events like Olympics and the Asian games etc, China ranked second in the world medal list with 38 gold and 28 silver medals in 2012 Summer Olympics, while India ranked 55! All this clearly suggests the difference in mindset and notions between the people of China and the people of India.

Now let us move to the existing sports personnel and their present condition in India. India is a cricket freak nation, except cricket no other game seems so prominent and attractive to Indians. This never means to oppose a particular game, but the condition of other games is really pathetic. The games that demand an individual's excellence and proper attention are highly neglected in India for example, Athletics. What are the reasons? The first and foremost reason is the political interference in sports associations. Politicians having no sports background are made head of these associations, and even if someone has a sports background, he's found indulged in acts of favoritism. Such people tend to neglect the real talent and encourage their favorite candidates for any sports event. Moreover the training part is also neglected. Then comes the poor facilities provided to the players.

Now comes the habit of claiming credits by our politicians. Tennis, Badminton, Boxing, Rifle Shooting, Athletics are some of such games that demand an individual's efforts in terms of expenditure and investments on accessories, diet, and coaching or guidance. In no uncertain terms the Wimbledon doubles title won by Sania Mirza and Hingis, cannot be called as an achievement of any politician or sports body, but these players own efforts and talent. Similarly achievements done by Saina Nehwal, Abhinav Bindra, Mari Kom and Sushil Kumar are completely their own and no other person has a right to claim the credit. Corruption is so high, that no ray of hope seems visible to a middleclass or lower class sports enthusiast. The scene goes even worse in the case of women players, as 4 young players committed suicide, alleging that the coach was sexually harassing them for selection. This is another prominent angle that cannot be neglected.

India, with a population of 124 crore, stands out as the youngest country in the world with 80 crore of people under the age of 35. On the contrary today's youth is also caught up in various metabolic diseases like obesity and type-two diabetes, heart diseases, high blood pressure and hypertension, and disease related to muscles and bones. Is it what we are proud to be the youngest country of the world about? Indeed not. We need a change. India needs the sports bodies to be set free from political interference and to make sure that only sports persons who have played at National level with good records and achievements to be appointed as a head. Proper training schools and academies with good coaches to be established at district levels, so that young aspirants even from the rural areas can avail the opportunities, and last but not the least, we the citizens must encourage sports apart from cricket along with academics in our young generation, to adopt it as a career option as well as a personality development tool and bring laurels to the nation by making it another sporting powerhouse in the world.

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